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New interactive program set to connect Tri-Cities residents with dementia

Minds in Motion is hosting fitness and social activities at Dogwood Pavilion in expanding Alzheimer's education and awareness.
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Care aid consoling a person diagnosed with dementia.

There are roughly 70,000 people in B.C. currently living with dementia.

As part of efforts to reach out to families with loved ones diagnosed with early signs, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is set to bring a three-week program to Coquitlam in providing education and awareness on dealing with the disease.

Minds in Motion is inviting Tri-Cities residents living with dementia and their partners — personal and care aids — to participate in a series of activities meant to engage and exercise.

This includes gentle physical movements, as well as socially interactive events designed to be enjoyed by all.

"We ensure people affected by dementia are not alone, by educating and mobilizing a broader community of care around them, and supporting valuable research into the disease and people living with it," the Alzhemier Society of B.C.'s website reads.

In a release to the Tri-City News, organization spokesperson Rita Fu explained interested residents can start the once-a-week initiative at any time.

For those that can't attend the in-person sessions, the non-profit has provided an online version, including two videos specializing in fitness and social connections. Those that choose this option are strongly encouraged to be accompanied by a care partner.

Minds in Motion is scheduled to run every Thursday from Jan. 12 to Feb. 9.

Each day, the program runs from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. at Coquitlam's Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.).

For more information, you can call the facility at 604-927-6098 or visit the Alzhemier Society of B.C.'s website.